Substance Abuse

The majority of people in prison and jail have a substance use disorder. Despite the promise demonstrated by some treatment programs for people who are incarcerated, just a fraction of the people who need services for substance abuse receive it. Connecting people incarcerated to treatment programs proven to be effective, prioritizing resources for those nearing release, and encouraging community-based aftercare will ensure better outcomes for people released from prisons and jails, and the communities to which they return.

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BJA Director Delivers Statement at Senate Hearing on Law Enforcement Responses to Americans with Mental Illnesses and Disabilities

At the April 29th hearing—“Law Enforcement Responses to Disabled Americans: Promising Approaches for Protecting Public Safety”—Director Denise O’Donnell of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) delivered statements about the department’s support for evidence-based practices and promising interventions for individuals with mental illnesses and/or disabilities who are involved with the justice system.

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Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant Recipients Convene for Orientation and Training

To help federal grant recipients learn how to develop successful criminal justice and mental health collaborations, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, with support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, hosted its fifth annual training and orientation conference, “Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery” on May 13–14 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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House Passes Bill Funding Key Justice Programs

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) 2015 federal spending bill that funds Department of Justice (DOJ) programs. The bill provides $27.8 billion for DOJ programs in FY2015, an increase of $383 million over current spending.

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West Virginia’s Justice Reinvestment

After extensive quantitative and qualitative analyses identified key challenges in the state’s criminal justice system, policymakers developed a policy framework designed to strengthen community supervision, increase accountability, and expand access to substance use treatment.

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Snapshot: Health Care and Behavioral Health

While many prisoners receive the treatment and care they need while incarcerated, some do not, and there is often a lack of continuity in care from inside the prison to care in the community.

Sentencing Project 2013 Annual Report

The Sentencing Project Annual Report 2013

The report from The Sentencing Project provides an overview of the activities from the organization in 2013, including its work in research, public education at the national and local level, and policy advocacy.

Focal Point 28, Summer 2014

Between one-third and one-half of young adults with mental health challenges have co-occurring substance use issues.

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New Law to Cut Counties’ Prison Health Care Costs

Counties across Tennessee spend millions of dollars every year on health care for prisoners, but a new state law passes some of those costs to the federal government.The General Assembly passed Public Chapter No. 926 earlier this year.

Inside the Oklahoma Mental Health System: The Community Response Team

The Community Response team is working to make outcomes better for those who have sought mental health or substance abuse crisis services in Oklahoma County. Through their community partnerships, help is extending well beyond the crisis center doors where services previously stopped.

Governor Signs Crime Bill in Anchorage

To reduce recidivism, lower the cost of corrections, and maintain public safety for Alaskans, Governor Sean Parnell today signed Senate Bill 64, Omnibus Crime and Corrections legislation.

Ohio Opens Multiservice Prison Inmate Rehab Center

Ohio has opened a multi-agency, multiservice facility aimed at helping prison inmates better reintegrate into society, part of a series of state efforts to shrink the prison population by lowering the number of repeat offenders.